Jubilee to counter Raila US lies with shuttle diplomacy

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National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale. PHOTO: BILLY MUTAI/NATION MEDIA GROUP

Jubilee is planning a diplomatic charm offensive aimed at influencing Western power houses as it counters the National Super Alliance chief Raila Odinga’s opposing efforts.

This is after Raila Odinga held high-profile meetings in the United States, meant to portray Uhuru’s election as compromised.

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National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga addresses his supporters during a rally at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, October 25, 2017. /REUTERS

Zipo.co.ke has learnt that the government plans to launch a vigorous diplomacy shuttle but the move depends on the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary is working on plans to oversee a multi-layered international programmes aimed at rallying the support of world powers if the court rules in Uhuru’s favour.

Also listed in the offense are top diplomats among them Kenya’s envoy to the UN Macharia Kamau and US ambassador Njeru Githae.

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Two petitions have been filed at the Supreme Court to challenge Uhuru’s October 26 victory but Jubilee is positive it will carry the day and Uhuru will be sworn-in for a second term.

Targeted world influential nations in the charm offensive include the US, UK, Germany, Russia, China and Russia.

The Jubilee administration will use the diplomacy to influence powerful nations to recognise Uhuru’s presidency even as National Assembly leader of Majority Aden Duale hints at an aggressive diplomatic tour to counter Raila’s “lies” in foreign land.

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Duale who is also MP for Garissa Township and a staunch defender of the Jubilee administration, said his party will launch massive diplomatic manoeuvres in the next two weeks.

“Tinga [Raila] has the culture of lying and washing dirty linen in public in foreign capitals,” Duale noted.

According to Duale, Jubilee is concerned Raila had taken to the world stage to peddle falsehoods about the October 26 repeat presidential poll.

“We have our foreign mission in Washington DC and in New York. I will make a trip with other leaders to the Congress sub-committee on Africa so the lies he is peddling do not add up,” he said

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The Foreign Affairs Monitoring Unit is understood to be closely monitoring Raila’s international engagements including putting his foreign itineraries on their radar.

Raila boycotted the October 26 repeat polls and went to the US last week where he met the congress subcommittee on Africa.

The ex-Prime Minister also delivered a highly-publicised lecture at the Centre for Strategic and International studies in which he detailed the reasons for his boycott of the poll while also accusing the President Kenyatta administration of dictatorship.